Title

Robotic Surveillance Spider

Presenter Information

Nicholas O'Gorman

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Swift, Theresa M.

Advisor's Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Funding Source

OURE Fellowship

Abstract

There are many places where we need to search but the environment is too dangerous or inaccessible to people for it to be worth having a person enter it. Surveillance and search and rescue robotics have been designed in order to rectify this issue. These robots however, are primarily based on two general designs. A vehicle consisting of wheels that is able to drive around on relatively level terrain and a plain/helicopter design that is able to view locations using an aerial view. With these two types of robots there still remains many locations where searching remains very challenging. This includes locations such as collapsed buildings, forests and swamps. The purpose of this Research project is to create a robot with the capability to traverse challenging terrains such as these. This robot will have the capability to travel through water, forest and even vertical terrain while retaining the dexterity to slip through small spaces that could be found in collapsed structures. This design will show the possibility of maneuvering around harsh terrains without the need of an extremely expensive machine and still be able to collect information and save lives.

Biography

Nicholas O’Gorman has a love for learning about how things work including anything involving physics or engineering. As a duel major of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering he has dedicated lots of time and extra classes to learn more about how everything works. Having spent all of high school in Robotics and even becoming the captains of the robotics team there, he wished to continue working with robots in college. After finding out about the OURE program and seeing it as a great opportunity to be more creative with robot designs then the robotic teams at the school, he decided to take advantage of the opportunity and sign up.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Robotic Surveillance Spider

Carver Room

There are many places where we need to search but the environment is too dangerous or inaccessible to people for it to be worth having a person enter it. Surveillance and search and rescue robotics have been designed in order to rectify this issue. These robots however, are primarily based on two general designs. A vehicle consisting of wheels that is able to drive around on relatively level terrain and a plain/helicopter design that is able to view locations using an aerial view. With these two types of robots there still remains many locations where searching remains very challenging. This includes locations such as collapsed buildings, forests and swamps. The purpose of this Research project is to create a robot with the capability to traverse challenging terrains such as these. This robot will have the capability to travel through water, forest and even vertical terrain while retaining the dexterity to slip through small spaces that could be found in collapsed structures. This design will show the possibility of maneuvering around harsh terrains without the need of an extremely expensive machine and still be able to collect information and save lives.